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bringing car from the uk
« on: February 27, 2008 »
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  • Just wondered if anyone had ever brought their car over and what problems they encountered. I know that I need to register it here and obviously get the equivilent of the MOT and have been told it could be quite costly. I have also been told that I would need to have extra mirrors because of the 'blind spot'  caused with the drivers side being on the right - can anyone confirm this for me. Incidently I won't be taking it back to the UK therefore I wont need to keep up the MOT/Tax and I know that the MOT here is not recgonised back in he UK.

    Offline Edward Bear

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    Re: bringing car from the uk
    « Reply #1 on: February 27, 2008 »
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  • Not sure whether you can have a right hand drive car matriculated.

    tlc

    Re: bringing car from the uk
    « Reply #2 on: February 27, 2008 »
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  • don't suppose you know why?? Is the law different here to the mainland - my friend took her car to the mainland and was able to re-register.

    psychocat

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    « Reply #3 on: February 27, 2008 »
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  • I drove my car over here about 10 years ago. I went from Portsmouth to Bilbao on the cruise ferry "The Pride of Bilbao". I then drove from Bilboa to Cadiz and caught the ferry to Santa Cruz. With Ferry costs, Hotels and fuel, it cost me around 800 pounds, remember this was 10 years ago. The trip took 5 days. I also believe you can ship direct from Wales in a container, but not sure of costs.

    A friend of mine had his car Right Hand Drive registered 6 months ago. The cost is based on the value of the car and paperwork costs. His total bill was around 800 Euros. Alternatively, if it is a custom or non previously registered car on the Island, you will have to a full techinal check done on the vehicle and it will have to be fully registered as a new type of vehicle. This can cost anything up to 8,000 Euros, depending on the age and value of the car.

    Once registered over here, you are correct that the UK MOT and Road Tax does not have to be paid, as you will get a Spanish ITV and pay Spanish Road Tax.

    At the end of the day you will be at a disadvantage driving a Right Hand Car over here. I can see no real point in bringing one over. If your car is fairly new, sell it and buy a new one here. Prices are aroung 20% cheeper here than the uk. If it is an older car, by the time you have got it over here and have paid all the bills, you could probably of bought a car of the same age, in better condition because of no weather damage, and not had to of gone through all the hassle.

    Most people I know, who have brought cars over here, have regretted it later on, including myself.

    tlc

    Re: bringing car from the uk
    « Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008 »
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  • Thanks for all of the info - my car in the uk is only a year old and it's been up for sale since xmas and so far no takers that's why I was considering bringing it over - looks like I will probably buy new here - thanks again for the advice.

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  • Don't know which part of the country you are in tlc . My two boys use the Auto Trader in the North West.

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  • TLC -that is sound advice from Psychocat.  I also live on Tenerife and if you would like to send me  a private message I'll direct you to websites here where you can get the full picture.

    tlc

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    « Reply #7 on: February 29, 2008 »
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  • thanks for that have emailed you direct, does anyone know how long you can drive here without getting registered - is it 3 months ?

    psychocat

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    « Reply #8 on: February 29, 2008 »
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  • You are allowed to drive a British Registered Car in Tenerife for a period of 6 months from the arrival date. You must carry either your ferry ticket of shipping form in the car at all times. If you are caught driving after 6 months, the Police can impound the vehicle and you will not be able to get it returned.

    borris

    Re: bringing car from the uk
    « Reply #9 on: February 29, 2008 »
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  • Another issue for you is as the car is so new the import duty, (if you stay longer than the six months and do register it here, will be very high you may even find the it would effectively bring the cost of your to be over what you would pay for a brand new one over here. This was always the case but if someone knows different and the law has been changed I stand to be corrected.

    Bottom line don?t do it, it?s a real drag.